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    Introduction: Onna Monogatari

    Gonzalez-Lopez, Irene and Smith, M. (2018) Introduction: Onna Monogatari. In: Gonzalez-Lopez, Irene and Smith, M. (eds.) Tanaka Kinuyo: nation, stardom and female subjectivity. Edinburgh Studies in East Asian Film. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9781474431781.

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    The introduction presents an overview of Tanaka’s life and career vis-a-vis the history of twentieth-century Japan, emphasising how women participated in and were affected by legal, political and socio-economic changes. Through Tanaka’s professional development, it revisits the evolution of the Japanese studio system and stardom, and explains the importance of women as subjects within the films, consumers of the industry, and professionals behind the scenes. This historical overview highlights Japan’s negotiation of modernity and tradition, often played out through symbolic dichotomies of gender and sexuality. By underscoring women’s new routes of mobility, the authors challenge the simplified image of Japanese oppressed women. The second part of the introduction posits director Tanaka as an outstanding, yet understudied, figure in the world history of women filmmaking. Her case inspires compelling questions around labels such as female authorship, star-as-author, and director-as-star and their role in advancing the production and acknowledgement of women filmmaking.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Japanese Cinema, Gender and Film, Stardom, Female authorship
    School: School of Arts > Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics (from 2021)
    Depositing User: Irene Gonzalez Lopez
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2022 16:18
    Last Modified: 23 Mar 2022 05:45


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